Monday, September 10, 2012
Former Gov. Donald DiFrancesco delivers keynote address.
Former Gov. Donald DiFrancesco delivered the keynote address Sunday night as Morris County remembered those who died in 9/11. The names of the 64 Morris County victims were read aloud at the county's 9/11 memorial in Parsippany where the names of the nearly 3,000 people who died in the attacks are engraved in a stone walkway around the memorial.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Anniversary commemorated in words and song.
Jefferson Mayor Russell Felter said “hero is a word we use far too often to describe people who aren’t.” While some look to sports figures as heroes, we should look to the firefighters and police who gave their lives to help others directly following the attacks on Sept. 11. “So many of those people gave up their lives that day,” Felter said. “We need to remember the strength and bravery of all those involved.” Speaking without any notes, Felter said that when he sat down to write his remarks for the day, “I realized that you can’t write a speech for something like this. You just talk.” Among his comments, Felter mentioned both J.T. Wroblewski and A.J. Preziosi, both of whom joined the military after the attacks, and both of whom died …
A Lake Shawnee resident organizes a small hike in honor of those lost.
While many will go to services or ceremonies in remembrance of the attacks on Sept. 11, Lake Shawnee resident Bill Child decided to remember the solemn day in his own way—by hiking to the highest point in Morris County on a trail that winds through Mahlon Dickerson Reservation. Although he was hoping for more, Child had one other hiker with him, Jane Celusak. The pair started the hike after a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the time the North tower was hit. “Most of this hike should be done quietly. As we walk up, we’ll remember,” Child said. “And as we walk back down, we will think about the future.” He chose to go to the county’s highest point, as it is 1,395 feet, only about 33 feet higher than the towers. Child noted that the hike up …
Most of us can remember where we were on that day. But for some, things were never the same.
There are moments we all share—nearly unimaginable in their grand impact, and profound in their personal effect. Sept. 11, 2001 was undeniably such a time. Patch—working in collaboration with the Huffington Post and the Action America project—has collected hundreds of stories about the ways the terrorist attacks of 9/11 affected the lives of people in the communities we serve. A small handful of those stories—focusing on residents of Morris, Somerset and Sussex Counties, but including more than two dozen others from throughout New Jersey—are told here through photographs. Starting Sunday morning, hundreds more are at the Huffington Post. If you'd like to share your own story about how 9/11 affected you, e-mail Louis@Patch.com (if you've …
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Rick Cahill of West Caldwell to address New Jerseyans who like him lost a family member on Sept. 11, 2001.
In view of the New York City skyline, two 208-foot long walls designed to resemble the Twin Towers lying on their sides create a space for reflection at Empty Sky, New Jersey's monument to those lost in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. On Saturday, families will gather to dedicate the New Jersey 9/11 Memorial in Jersey City’s Liberty State Park. After the 11 a.m. ceremony, which will be open strictly to family members of victims, the memorial will officially open to the public. James “Rick” Cahill, of West Caldwell, Chairman of the New Jersey 9/11 Memorial Commission, who lost his son, Scott, will address those gathered at Empty Sky. “I am going to ask people for this day, for this Saturday, to remember their loved ones as they …
Jefferson resident memorializes family friend.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
The following is an obituary written by Robin Roodenburg, a Jefferson resident and family friend of Daniel Crisman, who was 25 years old when he was killed on 9/11. Crisman lived in Pompton Lakes, but was like an uncle to Rebecca Roodenburg, Josh Hursa, Stephen Roodenburg and Jessica Kelly, all graduates of Jefferson Township High School. Dan was a wonderful person who touched the soul of everyone he met. He had a great contagious smile and laughing eyes. Being soft- spoken, it was a given that Dan put people at ease. Dan was the best son, grandson and friend. He was considered a brother to those who loved him and were not related by blood. Dan was born in Montrose, PA. In 1982 he moved to Pompton Lakes, NJ. Dan received his schooling and …
Friday, September 9, 2011
Retired Brigadeer General says America has learned some tough lessons from 9/11.
Retired Brig. Gen. William J. Marshall III remembers with clarity the moment the terrorist attacks of 9/11 struck home for him.
“It was that night (Sept. 11) at around 9 p.m. I had just sent a platoon of men into New York City with tents and lights for workers at Ground Zero,’’ he said. He had just returned to his Liberty State Park command post from meetings in New York City.
He remembers telling his sergeant to “take care of the soldiers.” Marshall had been to Ground Zero several times since the attacks earlier in the day and knew the devastation the soldiers were about to see would be both painful and emotional and Marshall was concerned about their safety. His 40-year career with the National Guard was devoted to ensuring the safety…
Here's what some Patch readers had to say about what our country endured.
On Sunday, Americans will remember the lives lost in the attacks in New York City, Washington DC and Shanksville, Penn. We spoke with Patch readers about their feelings and memories of Sept. 11. Here’s what they had to say. Share your thoughts with us in the comments section.
They share their thoughts about their experiences following America's day of terror.
When terrorists attacked America on Sept. 11, 2001, they weren't only attacking people, or institutions, or the U.S. government, or a commercial center. They were attacking Islam itself, according to area Muslims. “Anyone who goes out and harms others is acting against Islam,” said Khaliff Watkins, a writer and producer for Ebru.tv, based in Somerset. And while there is a perception that many people are now seeing the difference between Muslims and terrorists, for some time after 9/11, Islam and terror were linked. “I think, the way Muslims have been viewed after 9/11 has changed throughout the years, but right after the attack and for many years Muslims were seen as potential terrorists,” said Nuray Sonmez, director of the Interfaith …
Thursday, September 8, 2011
In hundreds of communities, a piece of steel from the Twin Towers beget memories of a day to mourn and prayers for a future of peace. Today, Patch shares many of those stories with you.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
To the son who followed a family legacy into firefighting, it evokes the father and former Long Island fire chief who fell that day. To the director of a Georgia park, it explains why he’s been called to war three times in the past decade. To the residents of Gig Harbor, Wash., it required no less than an escort of firefighters, paramedics and up to 100 motorcycles during its nine-day, cross-country passage from New York City to the crash site of United Flight 93 in rural Pennsylvania to Mount Rushmore in South Dakota to its new home in the Pacific Northwest. Shards of a symbol, hunks of steel. Bolt-studded, fire-scarred beams that until 9/11 supported the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers in New York now lie scattered across American towns…